Whether travellers come to see cute penguins waddling home every night during the Penguin Parade or be enthralled by the high-speed fun of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Phillip Island is a tourist trap that has a little something for everyone.
Nobbies Centre at the western end of Phillip Island is the best place to observe the exotic wildlife of the cooler climates of Australia. Visitors will be amazed by the scores of penguins returning home during the Penguin Parade at sunset. They also have the option of finding the largest fur seal colony of Australia out in the open ocean at the Seal Rocks, with the waves of the Bass Strait crashing around them. The Antarctic Journey at the centre is an audiovisual treat that educates visitors about life in the world’s coldest continent. The Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is the site of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, an important part of the MotoGP. This venue is considered one of the most scenic routes in the world. It draws in crowds at other times of the year to check out the impressive circuit, explore the world of racing at the History of Motorsport Museum, or take a jab at being a racer at the Phillip Island Circuit Go Karts.
Being an island, there is no shortage of beaches, with Cowes Beach and Smiths Beach being calmer and family-friendly beaches, while the rugged Woolamai beach and Surf beach attracting more adventurous beachgoers who’d fancy some time on their surfboards. The coast also offers plenty of opportunities for whale watching. Phillip Island is also home to some unique landscapes, with the Phillip Island Nature Park in Cape Woolamai offering incredible views of the coast along its 4-kilometre walking track which ends at the Pinnacles lookout. Visitors will be treated to gorgeous views of the sea complemented by distinct rock formations of the rugged terrain of the island. On the other side lies Churchill Island, home to a still-working farm that was the site of the first crops being planted in the state of Victoria.
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